When two great teams go at it, the energy was electric. That’s what happened in our Epoch Game of the Week, as Smithtown East came back from a deficit to defeat Commack by a final score of 6-4.
It was a back-and-forth affair from the beginning, as attackman Luke Breslin of Commack got started with a beautiful behind the back goal to take the lead with 16:55 in the half, before Smithtown responded back just seconds later.
Commack going up by one and Smithtown responding was the story of the game until early in the second half. Commack had the lead with about 9:15 to play in the game, when Smithtown midfielder Chris Cappelmann scored off a man-up play to tie the game.
However, Commack attackman, Brandon Berozi ‘Epoch Player of the Game’ picked a great time for goal number two, as he drew a penalty flag while he scored for a “and-1” goal.
But not to be outdone, Smithtown recovered the ball and dished it down to the offense. There, Cappelmann ‘Epoch Player of the Game’ scored a low opening stinger as the shot clock ran out to tie the game back up at 5-5, but it had felt like Smithtown had finally taken the momentum.
When Smithtown attackman Owen Carroll scored next, it was only Smithtown’s second lead of the entire game. But when FOGO Matt Terana scored the final goal, the boys from Smithtown had snatched their victory back.
“We knew from our game last night that we needed to get the ball around more and quickly,” Cappelmann said in a postgame interview. “I think we did a god job with that and focused a lot on dodging and moving the ball off dodges. Our defense looked a lot tighter today.”
For their efforts: Cappelmann and Berozi were named as this week’s Epoch Players of the Week.
“I was trying to stay involved from the beginning,” Cappelmann said of his two goals that helped turn the tide of the game. “Early on my shots weren’t really hitting, but when we needed to I came in and I scored while taking what the defense gave me.”
Berozi spoke about his own potentially highlight-level play, simply stating:
“We needed a goal, and I just had to get to the net and score.”
After that, he spoke about his team’s effort throughout the game, emphasizing going out every night and playing hard.
Smithtown remains tied with Montauk Green as the league leaders, as both teams remain 4-0 going into a bye week for Easter. Commack will likely take that time to reset as well, for despite not getting a win so far in the league, they have showcased grit and toughness and the ability to run with the best teams in the league.